Ex-Drake Insurance chief John C Head III has been in the wars recently. The charismatic and controversial figure took a tumble, Backchat was told, on London's Embankment. It seems it was so bad, he broke his leg and is now extending his stay in the UK for some time.

With many of the Drake pensioners facing their final years in penury, Backchat wonders: was it an accident, or was he pushed?